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29 Resourceful Kids Books About Recycling

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

If unfamiliar with recycling it may seem daunting, undesirable, gross, or just plain not fun. Once you start, however, you will find it is quite addicting and rather enjoyable as you realize how much you are saving and preserving in the world. Enjoy learning more about it in these great books below.

Top 10 Recycling Books

Ada's Violin book
#1
Ada's Violin
Written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I love this book! It has something for everyone- invention, music, and more. It is a deep book that talks about poverty and the struggles of growing up in a lower-income area. However, Ada is an amazing example of someone who doesn't let life happen to her, but does what she needs to create the life she wants. I would read this story even without my little one, as it is just a story that reaches the heart and helps us all take a deeper look into our lives.

A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

The Dump Man's Treasures book
#2
The Dump Man's Treasures
Written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Mary Beth Owens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As people continually throw their books away, the dump man restores and re-circulates them, which only pleases the children, but one day when the dump does not open, only the children know where to possibly find the dump man.

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! book
#3
Here Comes the Garbage Barge!
Written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Red Nose Studio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This true story is almost hard to believe as the Garbage Barge travels up and down the coast trying to find someone who will take the load of garbage it's carrying. It will really make you think reducing your garbage footprint. As a big fan of the work of Red Nose Studio, I also enjoy the illustrations in this story.

When a little town on Long Island is inundated with garbage, its citizens become more environmentally aware, while a garbage barge travels the North American coast in search of a dumping location.

Heal the Earth book
#4
Heal the Earth
Written by Bart Davis, Julian Lennon and illustrated by Smiljana Coh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Take a journey to help the Earth in the second book of the New York Times bestselling trilogy by Julian Lennon! Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. This time, Lennon’s interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey where they can: Bring medicine to people in need! Dive below the ocean to bleached coral reefs! Visit the city to cultivate green spaces! Help the rain forest return and give its animals a home! Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place! The Flier's mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it! An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon's life and work, Heal the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a new, special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Heal the Earth. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation, the global environmental and humanitarian organization that Lennon founded to promote education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.

Don't Throw That Away! book
#5
Don't Throw That Away!
Written by Lara Bergen and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

You can keep that trash and reuse it in all kinds of wonderful ways! Do you see that old jar? Don’t throw that away! You can turn it into...a new vase! Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The six large flaps throughout show that oridinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!

My First Trucks and Diggers book
#6
My First Trucks and Diggers
Written and illustrated by DK Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces trucks, diggers, and other construction and excavation vehicles, including dump trucks, bulldozers, logging trucks, and steamrollers.

I Had a Favorite Dress book
#7
I Had a Favorite Dress
Written by Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Julia Denos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A young girl loves her favorite dress, but when it gets worn, goes out of fashion, or she grows too big to fit, her mother fixes up her old favorite into something new.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat book
#8
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Written and illustrated by Simms Taback
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations in this book are very fun (Caldecott Honor book, so you'd expect nothing less!) and my favorite part is how detailed they are, with fun little references to Fiddler on the Roof and other cultural phenomena. It is a little moralizing (but it says it will be right up front and doesn't pretend to anything else!) but the lesson is a great one in our throw it away world...reuse and reinvent!

A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

The Lorax book
#9
The Lorax
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

Michael Recycle book
#10
Michael Recycle
Written by Ellie Bethel and illustrated by Alexandra Colombo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Michael Recycle, the green-caped crusader, visits the town of Abberdoo-Rimey and proves to the residents that recycling can actually be fun.

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